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Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin May 15, 2015
May 19, 2015

Patricia Findley and Doug Behan did an oral presentation entitled “The Social Work Perspective on Transitions of Care at the “Transitional Care: The New Healthcare Paradigm.” The workshop was hosted by the School of Pharmacy at the Busch Student Center on April 21, 2015.

On April 24th, Patricia Findley, Donna Van Alst, Sandra Moroso, and Kerrie Occasion, in collaboration with their partners at Columbia and NYU, participated in a meeting with Mary Dowd, Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, and other members of her cabinet to share the first two reports of nearly 1000 residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The first of the four reports will be publically available on June 1.

Patricia Findley has a project called "Operation Veterans to Social Workers" which is funded by Prudential. This project, in collaboration with John Surface, Director of Program Development & Communications of Family Connections in Orange, NJ, also a Rutgers SSW alum, will provide intensive training for eight students who are veterans and entering our MSW program this fall. The students will all be placed at Family Connections, one of our well-known placements, to learn about trauma-informed care and individual and family counseling. They will be required to take a health focus in their electives and each will receive a stipend. The goal is to increase the number of social workers who are veterans since it is well known that veterans are most comfortable sharing mental health concerns with other veterans. The second year placement for these students will be in a veteran-centric placement. The project just hired a veteran, Jose Lopez, MSW 2015, to serve as project coordinator.

Patricia Findley and Lenna Nepomnyaschy are co-investigators of a three-year $175,000 Newark Seed Grant which was awarded to the Rutgers Interprofessional Center for Children and Families, an interprofessional medical-legal clinic in Newark under the direction of Jennifer N. Rosen Valverde, Clinical Professor of Law. The other co-investigators are Hanan Tanuos, Assistant Professor and Director of Pediatric Primary Care, Rutgers-N.J. Medical School, Jeffrey Backstrand, Associate Research Professor and Director, Masters of Public Health Program, School of Public Affairs and Administration, and Arturo Osorio Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Department of Management and Global Business, School of Business.


Jerry Floersch has good news from the DSW Program.

Jerry Floersch has two co-authored articles.


Narendorf, S.C., Munson, M. R., & Floersch, J. (2015). Perspectives on psychotropic medication treatment among young adults formerly served in public systems of care: A thematic and narrative analysis. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6(1), 121-143. ]

Kranke, D., Jackson, S., Taylor, D., Landguth, J., & Floersch, J. (2015). I’m loving life: Adolescents empowering experiences of living with a mental illness. Qualitative Social Work, 14(1), 102-118.

Jerry Floersch, Jeff Longhofer, and Richard E. Miller (visiting professor) gave a presentation entitled “Multimedia Case Studies: Implications for Clinical Social Work” at the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work Conference in Durham, North Carolina.

Jeffrey Longhofer has a new book to be published in June, 2015. "A-Z of Psychodynamic Practice” provides an essential introduction to the key concepts in psychodynamic practice. The book is ideal for use by students as a handbook, as well as for experienced practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of this school of thought.


Longhofer J. (2015). A-Z of psychodynamic practice. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK.

Jeffrey Longhofer and Jerry Floersch have been invited to the SSWR and the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s sponsored fifth roundtable on Science in Social Work in July, 2015 at Islandwood, WA. Prior conferences have resulted in two special issues published inResearch on Social Work Practice.


Longhofer J., Floersch, J. (2014). Values in a Science of Social Work: Values-informed research and research-informed Values. Research on Social Work Practice, 24(5), 527-53.


Longhofer J., Floersch, J. (2012). The coming crisis in social work: Some thoughts on social work and science. Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 499-519.

Graduating DSW student Debbie Ruisard gave a workshop titled “Through a Trauma-Informed Lens: Rethinking Addiction Treatment” at the NASW-NJ Annual Conference in May.

Additionally, Debbie Ruisard's article, "Transformation through attachment: The power of relationship in clinical social work" was accepted by The Clinical Social Work Journal.

Second-year DSW student Joan Ordille's article, "Phenomenology in end-of-life care: Implications for philosophy and clinical practice" was accepted by The Clinical Social Work Journal and will appear in a special issue on aging.


Emily Greenfield and James Fedor have published a manuscript from their study on Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Supportive Service Programs in New York City. This work was part of James’ graduate assistantship with Greenfield, funded by the School and the Hartford Faculty Scholars in Geriatric Social Work Program.


Greenfield, E. A., & Fedor, J. P. (2015). Characterizing older adults’ involvement in Naturally

Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Supportive Service Programs. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2015.1008168.

Emily Greenfield contributed an article to the special issue of the Public Policy & Aging Report. This article was a follow-up to remarks that she made as part of an expert panel at the annual meeting of The Gerontological Society of America in November of 2014.


Greenfield, E. A. (2015). Healthy aging and age-friendly community initiatives. Public Policy and

Aging Report. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ppar/prov002.


Chien-Chung Huang, in collaboration with Richard Edwards, Kathleen Pottick, Laura Curran, Patricia Findley, Robert Nolan, Andy Germak, Ron Quincy, Shuang Lu, Juliann Vikse, and Silai Yi, published a book last month in China based on the 2013 International Conference on Social Policy and Social Work in Nankai University, Tianjin, China.


Wu, F., & Huang, C-C. (Eds.) (2015). Comparative Study of Social Policy in China and USA. Beijing, China: Social Sciences Academic Press.


Michael LaSala was quoted in TIME Magazine for a story about gender identity and Bruce Jenner:


Michael LaSala gave the following lectures and presentations while on sabbatical abroad in Estonia.

· The Research Process: Steps and Stagesto Pre-Doctoral and MSW Students at the Institute for Social Work, Tallinn University on April 7, 2015.

· War of the Roses: When children are caught in the middleat the Estonian Union of Child Welfare on April 6, 2015.

· Coming Out to Your Family” at the Oma Keskus (LGBTQ Center in Tallinn Estonia) on March 29, 2015.

· Social Work and Social Work Studies in the US” at the Institute for Social Work, Tallinn University, March 27, 2015.

· LGBT Rights in the Baltics at the Tallinn Technical University and the Human Rights Center of Estonia on March 24, 2015.

· Working with Gay and Lesbian Familiesat the Estonian Family Therapy Association, Tartu, Estonia on March 6, 2015.

· Solution-Focused Family Therapy” at the Estonian Family Therapy Association, Tartu Estonia on March 6, 2015.

Michael LaSala did consultation with the Estonian Family Therapy Association in Tartu and collaborated with colleagues in Estonia on research examining the perspectives of Estonian child welfare workers. This collaboration resulted in two manuscripts and a conference presentation currently under review. He also did a workshop in Finland called “Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child” at the Counseling Center of the Lutheran Church of Finland, Turku, Finland on April, 14, 2015.

Michael LaSala did the following press coverage in Finland (media Interviews before, during, and after his talk)


Michael J. MacKenzie was invited to give a keynote speech titled "Exploring Transactions in Applied Domains: From harsh parenting to out-of-home care" at the New York Zero-to-Three Network’s 2015 Annual Conference on April 17th. The conference was entitled "Stress, Risk &Resilience: The Interplay of Parenting, Child Development, and Social Context." Dr. MacKenzie is one of a very small number of Social Work researchers with advanced graduate training in molecular genetics and physiology, allowing him to incorporate work on the stress hormone system and gene expression into his transdisciplinary studies of early social deprivation and harsh parenting. His focus is on the accumulation of stress and risk in early parenting and its impact on caregiver perceptions and subsequent parenting behavior, including the etiology of harsh parenting and the pathways of children into and through the child welfare system.


Shari Munch has several activities, including an invited plenary address, a paper presentation and having her work cited in an online publication article.

Munch, S. (2015, May). Compassion fatigue: The costs of caring. Invited plenary address presented at the meeting of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference on Perinatal Social Work, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

McCoyd, J. M., Munch, S., & Curran, L. (2015, May). Overwhelmed and confused: How social workers may respond to women’s needs during medically complicated pregnancy. Paper presented at the meeting of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference on Perinatal Social Work, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Munch’s work [see “feminist critiques of the health care system” link] was cited in the May 11, 2015 article, “When gender stereotypes become a serious hazard to women’s health” in the online publication Think Progress. (


Lia Nower completed the first report to Governor Chris Christie on the impact of internet gaming on gambling behavior. The report, submitted to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, is available on the website: It is the first in a series of four reports to the Governor on the effectiveness of responsible gambling strategies and betting behavior of Internet gambling in New Jersey. Subsequent reports will focus on play patterns, the use of responsible gaming controls as well as the prevalence of problem Internet gaming in New Jersey.

Lia Nower co-authored an article, “Risk Factors for Gambling Problems: An Analysis by Gender,” published in the Journal of Gambling Studies.


Nower, L., Hing, N., Russell, A., & Tolchard, B. (2015). Risk Factors for Gambling Problems: An Analysis by Gender. Journal of Gambling Studies, doi 10.1007/s10899-015-9548-8.


Kristen Gilmore Powell and Andy Peterson have been named the recipients of the Slavin-Patti Award for Scholarly Excellence. Recipients of this award are selected annually by Routledge Journals, Taylor and Francis Group, for the best article published in the journal Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. Powell and Peterson were selected for their 2014 article titled “Pathways to Effectiveness in Substance Abuse Prevention: Empowering organizational characteristics of community-based coalitions.” The award will be presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Network for Social Work Management that will be held at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2015.

Kristen Gilmore Powell and Andy Peterson have received a grant ($25,000) from New Jersey Prevention Network to conduct an evaluation of their recently awarded initiative through the Drug-Free Communities Support program, which is a collaboration between the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Kristen Gilmore Powell and Andy Peterson have also received a grant ($47,000) from Catholic Charities of Trenton, to evaluate their prevention program, Familia Latina. This is a community-based, multi-component program providing Trenton-area elementary and middle school children and their families with substance abuse prevention services designed to reduce the incidence of individual, family, and community risk factors through culturally sensitive methods.


Bill Waldman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the NJ Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers at their annual conference on May 4, 2015.


Karen Zurlo received a grant from the Jerome Levy Foundation, which will support a pilot study in the amount of $15,000 for a summer research project entitled “Women and the Adoption of Positive Financial Behaviors.”

Karen Zurlo co-published an article in the International Journal of Aging and Human Development.


Lee, Y., & Zurlo, K. A. (2014). Spousal caregiving and financial strain among middle-aged and older adults. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 79, 302-321.

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